A Quick Preview of the 2019 CFP Championship Game
Bowl season is finally upon us. Over three months of regular season and Conference Championship games have led to this moment, with four teams now selected for the College Football Playoffs.
Watch Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Oklahoma all duke it out for the winning title starting January 7 at Levi’s Stadium (the Santa Clara, CA venue is also home to the San Francisco 49ers). The two teams that will play in the National Championship game will be the winners of the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl, which are both set to take place on December 29.
The Orange Bowl
The Orange Bowl, which will be held in Miami this year, features two schools that were selected for last year’s playoffs: No. 1 seed Alabama and No. 4 seed Oklahoma. The Crimson Tide have been perennial title contenders since coach Nick Saban took over the program in 2007 and are looking to secure their third national championship in four years. This Alabama squad is loaded with offensive talent as they have two fantastic quarterbacks in Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts as well as a trio of talented running backs in Damien Harris, Najee Harris and Josh Jacobs — all of whom have averaged over five yards per carry.
Their opponents are a the University of Oklahoma, a squad that features Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Kyler Murray. Murray threw 40 touchdowns and rushed for 892 yards and 11 touchdowns as he led Oklahoma to a 12-1 record. The Sooners will need to rely on their offense in their matchup against Bama as they have one of the worst defensive units in the nation when it comes to Total Defense.
The Cotton Bowl
On the other side of the playoff bracket is the Cotton Bowl, where two undefeated teams are set to square off as the No. 2 seeded Clemson Tigers are taking on the No. 3 seeded Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
This year’s playoff appearance is the third in a row for Clemson, who won the Championship back in 2017 but were swept aside by Alabama last year. Dabo Swinney’s bunch features one of the best defenses in all of college football, having allowed the fourth-lowest yards per game in 2018.
Just two seasons removed from a dismal 4-8 year, Notre Dame finds themselves in the playoffs for the first time. This particular Notre Dame team is battle-tested, having won against four ranked opponents in Michigan, Stanford, Virginia Tech and Syracuse. The Fighting Irish feature two fantastic senior playmakers in running back Dexter Williams (6.6 YPC, 12 TDs) and receiver Miles Boykin (54 rec, 803 yds, 8 TDs), while also having one of the better defenses in college football. This game should be one for the ages.
CFP Championship Predictions
Given their experience and pedigree, it’s hard to pick against the University of Alabama, and we foresee them making it to the Championship game in Santa Clara. Alabama simply has too much firepower on offense, so it’s hard to see Oklahoma being able to keep pace given their leaky defense.
In the Cotton Bowl, we’ll shake things up a bit by predicting that 11-point underdog Notre Dame will knock off the Clemson Tigers en route to a rematch of the 2012 Championship game against the Crimson Tide. Clemson has been solid this year, but they’ve played a particularly easy schedule, which will hurt them as they’ve yet to face off against a high-caliber opponent like Notre Dame.
In the Championship game, Alabama should be able to handle their business against Notre Dame. The Crimson Tide are incredibly talented, and their experience and depth should carry them to a title over an upstart Notre Dame side.
Where to Get CFP Championship Tickets
Currently on SeatGeek the most affordable tickets are located in the 400 level, where tickets range from $801 to $1,337 per ticket. The 400 level has the most moderately priced tickets in the stadium, offering a lowest get-in price of $772.
The most expensive seats for the game are the VIP sections, which start at $2,856 per seat. The highest-priced section of VIP seats is located on right on the 50-yard line, behind the home bench. There are also fantastic deals on end zone seating in the lower and 200 levels, where tickets start at $1,216 per seat. Sections 124, 125 and 126 are particularly great deals for the lower level, while sections 201 and 231 offer fantastic value as well in the second level of seating. Browse all CFP championship ticket listings here.